About Thomas Grasso

Thomas Grasso

Vice President, Climate Resilient Food Systems


Areas of expertise:

International environmental law and policy, sustainable development, conservation program design


Tom Grasso leads EDF’s work focused on addressing the human and environmental impacts of climate change on global food systems and the food systems impact on our natural resources and its contribution to global climate change. Mr. Grasso has over 25 years’ experience working in the conservation and sustainable development having worked on such programs in Europe, Africa, the Americas, southeast Asia and the Pacific. He brings extensive experience in building effective partnerships and governance systems in support of sustainable use of natural resources for the benefits of people and communities that rely on those resources for their livelihoods.


Prior to joining EDF, he led marine conservation initiatives for World Wildlife Fund and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland College of Law and the Marlboro College Masters of Sustainable Business graduate school. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington DC, B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and was selected for the M.I.T. Sloan School of Business’ Emerging Leaders for Innovation Across Systems Fellowship along with 20+ colleagues from across the globe.